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Stratford, London

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OS grid reference:TQ385845
Latitude: 51.542339°
Longitude: -0.001835°
London borough: Newham
County level: Greater London
Region: London
Constituent country:England
Sovereign state:United Kingdom
Ceremonial county: Greater London
Historic county: Essex (1965)
Police force: Metropolitan Police
Fire brigade: London Fire Brigade
Ambulance service: London Ambulance
Post office and telephone
Post town: LONDON
Postal district: E15
Dialling code:020
UK Parliament: West Ham
London Assembly: City and East
European Parliament: London
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Stratford, historically Stratford Langthorne, is a place in the London Borough of Newham in East London.


[edit] History

In 1847 much of what is now Stratford was open countryside, and from 1889 to 1965 Stratford formed part of the County Borough of West Ham of Essex.

Modern Stratford was built as a new town, initially called "Hudson Town" after George Hudson the railway entrepreneur, and it was the location of the Eastern Counties Railway's railway works. See the full history of the railway works at Temple Mills. It was closed in 1963, but a small depot still exists

[edit] Today

Stratford is a major shopping centre and contains Newham's cultural quarter centred around the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Stratford Circus. Stratford station and adjacent bus station is a major transport hub.

[edit] Future

As soon as the travelator link to Stratford domestic station is built (2009?), Stratford will be the location of Stratford International station on the Channel Tunnel rail link and in 2012 the location of the main Olympic Park, which will contain a significant number of venues to be used in the 2012 Summer Olympics, including the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, and London Velopark.

Stratford has been a focus of regeneration for some years and as of 2006 the 73 hectare brownfield railway lands to the north of the town centre as far as Temple Mills are to be redeveloped in a multi-billion pound scheme called Stratford City. This will form a new purpose-built community of 5,000 homes, offices, retail spaces, schools, public spaces, municipal and other facilities. It is hoped that this will become a major metropolitan centre for East London. Part of Stratford City will serve as the Olympic Village. There are also plans for several residential and office skyscrapers to be built area, including a 55-storey tower designed by architects Allies and Morrison opposite Stratford station.

Stratford is in the London Borough of Newham, which has the fifth highest crime rate of any borough in London and, according to government indices, Newham is also the eleventh most "deprived" district in Britain.

[edit] Things to do

Stratford also has trainspotting potential, with its DLR, Channel Tunnel rail link, mainline and underground transport services.

The Olympic Park walking tour allows tourists to tour London's future Olympic sites. However, visitors are advised to visit as soon as possible, as from 2006/7, sites will start being closed off for remediation and redevelopment.

The Big Breakfast house is also located in Bow, adjacent to the Olympic Park site. It is privately owned, however visitors are able to walk by and view the property. The Big Brother UK house also used to exist nearby.

Green Street,, known for Asian shops and restaurants is just a short bus or train journey away from Stratford. Green Street offers a mixture of designer fashion labels and award-winning fast food curryhouses.

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London Borough of Newham

Districts: Beckton | Canning Town | East Ham | Forest Gate | Manor Park | Plaistow | Stratford | Upton Park | West Ham

Attractions: ExCeL Exhibition Centre | London City Airport | Royal Docks | Thames Barrier | West Ham Park

Constituencies: East Ham | West Ham | Poplar and Canning Town

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